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CABAL93
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Is NATO still relevant?

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Started: 6/10/2019 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 weeks ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Mummerali

Pro

I think NATO is still relevant in today"s time. Despite it was created in 1949 during the Cold War. Although Cold War has come to an end, But NATO can still maintain peace in preventing Russia to attack European Union.
CABAL93

Con

Russia won't attack Europe. The problem is that as NATO is expanding Russia feels surrounded and threatened. What is needed to avoid war is free trade because that will create incentives to keep peace in order to keep necessary resources coming in. As countries start imposing more sanctions and protectionism and with that makes all parts of the world more self reliant this diminishes that incentive.
Debate Round No. 1
Mummerali

Pro

NATO has led to strong military defences for its Europe member countries. They have increased their military spending, Such as Germany defence budget has increased by 36% compared to 2013. NATO has not only increased military spending, But has also shared contributions and capabilities between each members, Allowing the countries to benefit from synergies. Germany is thus, The second largest troop contributor to NATO, Allowing it to form a strong military and thus collective defence is rooted directly in Article 51 of the UN charter, Which states that a UN Security Council mandate can be key to crisis management and cooperative security"s ultimate aim is to enhance international peace and security.
CABAL93

Con

The question is if ever more military spending is always a good thing. More money to military means less money to other sectors. And the argument could be made that it's the expansion of NATO that have led to the expansion of Russia's military, Because they have felt threatened. It's also ridiculous that each member are forced to participate in conflicts that other individual NATO members decide to undertake, Like Turkeys poking of Russia for instance and what that could lead to.
Debate Round No. 2
Mummerali

Pro

The key principle of NATO is Article 5 which states that "an attack on one member state is an attack to all member states". Article 5 was triggered once, During 9/11 attack in USA, The member states collectively supported USA. This led America to invade Afghanistan in October 2001 to take control from the Taliban regime, Which allowed Al-awards to use the country as a base. NATO was called on to take command of the ISAF aiming to provide security and stability so that peace and democracy could flourish. This indicates the important of NATO in today"s time, As God forbid any of this thing is repeated, Without NATO it can be a problem for a single country to fight alone. Double is better than single.
CABAL93

Con

Check again, When it comes to making democracy flourish in Afghanistan. And it's a dangerous perspective behind these arguments, The idea that there is the "good" side, Which is NATO and the bad side which is any state that attacks NATO or that NATO decides to attack. What if NATO becomes the villain? Then this huge super organisation becomes a threat to the whole world. Which of course always happens in the end since power corrupts. What we need is political decentralization and global free trade as i said before to make everybody dependent on each other economically to the degree that the incentive to attack anybody would drastically reduce. Bigger and bigger political organisations are very dangerous, Including NATO.
Debate Round No. 3
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